by Matt Snider
Sports can play a huge role in anyone’s life. For one family in the Morrisville School District, sports are giving them a chance to provide for one another during the holiday season.
The Holiday Hoops fundraiser on December 14th at Morrisville High School will see former players from Morrisville basketball teams square off against former players from Bristol and Truman High Schools. All the money raised from the games will go towards supporting a family during the holiday times.
Jonah Moore, a former player himself, began the alumni event three years ago to give former players a chance to get back on the court. “It was a first for Morrisville High School,” said Jonah. “We didn’t have any kind of alumni event or even class reunion so this was the first time anything like this had been done.”
The event, however, did much more than allow past class members to reconnect and former players to relive their glory days. All the proceeds that were raised during the first two alumni games were given back to Morrisville High School’s athletic department to help raise money for the necessary expenses that come with running a team.
“Initially I just wanted to give back,” said Jonah, whose first two alumni games raised over $1,500 combined. “It fills me with a great sense of pride to help out my school.”
This year, Jonah decided to broaden the horizons of the Morrisville alumni game and try to give back in an even bigger way by using some of the money raised to help out a family in need. “I just really wanted to give something back to the community too. Not to take anything away from the basketball team, but I just want to help put the holiday spirit into a family if I can.”
One lucky family will certainly be feeling the holiday spirit. With the money raised, Jonah will be purchasing gifts personally for one randomly selected family. The presents will then be presented confidentially through the school so that one family can breathe a little easier this holiday season.
Although the fundraiser’s intention is to benefit families in need of a little boost during the holiday season, that isn’t to say that the games will be any less fun or competitive.
“We have some great competition here at the games,” said Jonah. “You have Bristol who are our biggest rivals, and we have invited some of the best players from all the schools over the years.”
One invitee, Tyrone Lewis, set school records at Truman by becoming the first player ever to record 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists, and 200 steals. He also added a school-record 290 three-pointers and 250 steals.
Jonah hopes that with the growth of the people attending, the ability to help others will continue to grow as well. “I hope that this can maybe one day turn into a regional event where we can get a bunch of schools from the area together to help our communities out. That’s my big picture for the event.”
Jonah’s actions to help the community haven’t gone unnoticed. Many local businesses have donated gift cards and raffle items for the upcoming event at no charge. Unlike other raffle events, attendees don’t need to purchase tickets for the raffle as simply attending the fundraiser gives someone a free entry.
There will even be an added incentive for children to come. “I’m even hoping to try and get a Santa to attend the tournament this year,” said Jonah. “It can be a mascot or something just for the kids.”
The Holiday Hoops fundraiser at Morrisville High School will begin at 6:00pm.